As we go about our driving lives, be it for business or pleasure, we are at risk. It is one of the unfortunate facts of life that on our busy roads, at one time or another, we could conceivably have a car accident. Hopefully it will just be a minor shunt but some are not so lucky. That’s why it pays to always ensure that any car you buy has been properly inspected.
How many times have we driven past the scene of a motor accident and given thanks that it wasn’t us. If nothing else it makes us sit up and take notice of what is happening around us. For a while at least we become better drivers and that’s an important point; with all the driving we do it is all too easy to become complacent and that complacency might regrettably lead to our turn to become a road-side statistic. It’s a sobering thought.
Sadly, the plain fact is accidents happen and there are always consequences. Motorists who have been involved in a crash often report that they lose confidence at the wheel. Suddenly, that daily driving function that we do on autopilot, like cleaning our teeth, becomes a much bigger deal. It’s like taking the driving test all over again. The thought of getting back behind the wheel can be daunting as reason gives way to fear. It’s not just the damage to the car, that can be fixed or replaced. No, it is more personal than that; injury to us or passengers prays on the mind as does the awful aftermath of paperwork and recrimination.
Getting Back On The Horse
Although the standard advice is, if you fall off then get right back on again, it might be better to take some time. Even if not injured, an accident is a real shock to the system so there’s no rush to get back behind the wheel after the event. This is not something you should feel pressured into doing by family or work commitments. It is important to be in the right state of mind and to be confident of the ability you know you have on the road.
Everyone is different but think carefully before you change your driving patterns to avoid the site of the incident. Changing your route to avoid where the event occurred isn’t always productive and may not help you. It might even make things worse, in a sense. As with any personal problem or tragedy, it’s a question of facing up to it.
Here’s a thought; is it an idea when first getting back in the saddle of your metal horse, to take an experienced driver out with you for support? If confidence has been seriously affected it could even be a plan to engage the assistance of a professional driving instructor to get you back on the straight and narrow. A calming influence, as it were. A post-accident intervention course from a trained person will help restore confidence and allay fears.
All Too Often
Road traffic incidents happen all too often; regular drivers see the aftermath almost on a daily basis. When it happens to us the important thing is for us to understand what happened, learn from it where possible and then move forward and begin enjoying driving again.
Even a minor collision can shake up even the most bullish individual so it’s important to learn from the experience. It’s all about self-evaluating your driving skills and techniques and make a conscious decision to improve, especially if we ourselves were responsible. It’s not always the other bloke.
Recognising the need for help after an accident is a major step to asking for it, as is making sure the vehicle you are driving is in tip-top condition, which is why the cars we sell
at eCars247 are always AA inspected